The American College of Gastroenterology has released new guidelines for the evaluation and treatment of acute diarrhea and travelers’s diarrhea. http://goo.gl/bAswnG
While most of the recommendations are directed to physicians, one point stands out to patients: prebiotics or probiotics are NOT recommended, unless the diarrhea is caused by antibiotics upsetting the normal gut flora (bacteria that usually live in the intestines). Most times , one can adequately rehydrate with water, juice such as dilute apple juice, sports drinks, soups, and salty crackers.
Should you make an appt? See your physician if you have: